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4435DMUT - Everett Ruess


Name: Everett Ruess
Case Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
Missing Since: November 1, 1934
Location Last Seen: Escalante Canyons, Delta County, Utah

Physical Description

Date of Birth: March 28, 1914
Age: 20 years old
Race: White
Gender: 5'8"
Height: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Hair Color: Light Brown
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown, wears a size 9 shoe
Jewelry: He may have been wearing a Navajo bracelet with three turquoise stones
Additional Personal Items: His bedroll, food, journal, paintings, cooking kit, and money were missing

Circumstances of Disappearance

Everett Ruess was an artist who spent time alone in the wilderness. In November of 1934 (the exact day is unknown), he was seen in Escalante Canyons, Utah, as he traveled towards Arizona for the winter. Later, his two burros were found corralled with gear in Davis Gulch. Ruess's probable last camp was found in Cottonwood Canyon, and footprints were followed to the base of Kaiparowits Plateau. "Nemo, 1934" was found scratched into the wall of a nearby cave..

Ruess speaks Navajo in addition to English.

In 2009, DNA testing was performed on bones thought to be Ruess's. At first, they were declared to be his, but the family sought a second opinion when an archeologist said that the dental records did not appear to match. Further DNA testing conclusively proved the remains to not be Ruess's.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Garfield Country Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 801-676-2678
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: Unknown

Information Source(s)

The Examiner

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 12/27/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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